Galapagos Packing List

 

The Ultimate Galapagos Packing List

(As recommended by our seasoned Galapagos Experts)

Our very own Destination Experts have worked hard to prepare this Ultimate Galapagos Packing List. These folks have an intimate knowledge and understanding of the Galapagos Islands and our ships. They have combed through the advice of several travelers and come up with the only Galapagos Packing List you’ll need. Make sure you check off our Top 5 Essential and Top 5 Wearable Items and check out the Additional Recommended Items to bring. Pack light, pack smart, and don’t worry if you forget something because those items below that are marked with an asterisk (*) are available in our onboard boutique shop.

Best galapagos packing list

A handy guide that will help you decide what to bring to your Galapagos Islands vacation.

 

 

Important Information
Metropolitan Touring wants to protect everyone’s health! In order to make your travel experience a safe one, don’t forget to wear your mask at all times. We have hand sanitizer readily available for our guests. And, although we sterilize our snorkel mouthpieces, you are welcome to bring your own snorkel equipment, should you wish to do so.

 

Top 5 Essential Items

1 Small backpack/daypack We recommend you bring one that is waterproof.
2 Water bottle * By the way, you’ll receive a reusable water bottle when you arrive on board any one of our ships or when you get to the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel.
3 Ziploc-style baggie with your medication Even though our Galapagos cruises feature an onboard medical officer, available 24/7, please remember to pack any specific and essential prescription medication.
4 Drybag This item keeps your valuables dry at all times as you hop on and off the dinghy, or panga, on your way to and from aquatic and land activities.)
5 Waterproof, see-through phone pouch This item is useful for taking photos underwater or aboard a panga, as it keeps your phone dry and protected, guaranteeing that you’ll be able to share your memories with friends, family, and followers. (P.S. Feel free to tag us on your social media!

 

Top 5 Wearable Items

1 Wide-brimmed hat or cap with strap * A strap keeps your hat from flying off as you travel along in the dinghy.
2 Short-sleeve cotton T-shirts These keep you fresh during activities. By the way, we have a dryer on board!
3 Long-sleeve expedition-style shirts * Long sleeves will protect you from the strong and direct sunlight along the equator. As an extra layer, being able to roll your sleeves up or down gives you the ability to adjust to the elements and remain comfortable.
4 Convertible cargo pants * Similar to long-sleeve expedition-style shirts, these lightweight pants with removable lower legs allow you to remain comfortable and cool or warm and dry, whether hiking along the coast or hanging out on one of the ship’s outdoor decks.
5 Water-resistant, closed-toe sport sandals with non-slippery soles Hop on and hop off without changing shoes! Don’t worry about getting wet, or slipping. Use these on expeditions and aboard the ship.

 

Additional Recommended Items

Head to Toe: We also recommend bringing the following:

1 Sunglasses It’s a good idea to use these with a neck strap so you won’t misplace them.
2 Bandana * This is a great item for protecting your neck when it gets too sunny or while traveling aboard the dinghy.
3 Windbreaker jacket It can get a little windy out at sea, particularly during the Galapagos dry season.
4 Warm sweater or fleece It can get a little chilly at night; an extra layer can provide you with just the right amount of comfort and warmth.
5 Casual pants, shorts, dress, or skirt Back on board the ship, you may want to change into something a little more comfortable.
6 Bathing suits It’s a good idea to bring two (2), in case you want to change suits between aquatic activities
7 Socks You’ll be using your feet quite a bit so we recommend treating them right. Bring comfortable socks: some for hiking and some for lounging.
8 Anti-slip sandals and/or comfortable shoes When your sandals are still drying, you’ll be glad you brought some extra footwear.

 

Portables and Gear

1 Toiletry kit Keep in mind that we provide eco-friendly amenities in every cabin.
2 Waterproof sunblock * and lip balm (SPF 50+) If you’re planning to take part in aquatic activities, make sure your sunblock and lip balm are eco-friendly and not harmful to ocean life.
3 Insect repellent * You won’t encounter many mosquitos in the Galapagos, but it never hurts to have some on hand.
4 Binoculars Our Naturalist Guides will be happy to lend you theirs, but you’re welcome to bring you own if you’d like.
5 Camera, plus extra memory cards and batteries If you have a nice camera you want to use on this trip, bring it!
6 Device chargers and adaptors if necessary Electrical outlets in Ecuador are 110-120V, 60Hz, types A & B.
7 Prescription snorkeling mask or specialized snorkel equipment All regular snorkeling equipment is available aboard each of our ships, as well as at the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel. Some charges may apply. Consult your Destination Expert.

If you want to make sure you don’t leave anything behind, print our downloadable packing checklist (better if you do so on a recycled paper, we designed it in such a way so that you use the less amount of ink possible.)

 

Our Onboard Boutique

Visit our onboard boutique and find items ranging from handicrafts to everyday necessities. Find the perfect gift for your friends and family, and purchase any of the items suggested in our packing list. Item availability and prices are subject to change.